Trikke 101 – Learning to Ride the Trikke – Easier Than the Bicycle!

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Learning to ride the Trikke scooter is a lot of fun. Though not as easy as the experts make it look, learning to Trikke is still easier when you consider the learning curve and spills involved when compared to beginning skiing, roller-blading or bicycling. There’s a much lower likelihood of falling due to the Trikke’s inherent stability. And it’s easier to learn because you’re not fighting gravity while trying to coordinate your balance like you have to on roller blades, skis or a bicycle. You will be amazed at how quickly you get down the simple moves on your Trikke scooter within minutes of a little instruction and practice. That is of course, provided you start out on a flat smooth surface.

The literal and figurative description for riding your Trikke scooter is ‘rock and roll’. This is neither the music nor the dance, but a depiction of the actual movement your body makes to move your Trikke scooter. But before getting too excited and jumping on your Trikke, be sure you’ve got the appropriate gear. Your helmet and gloves (and pads, if you choose) will keep you safer and prolong your enjoyment of the Trikke.

Choose a smooth, flat area, preferably vacant, to practice Trikke-ing. And make sure that your Trikke tire pressure remains at about 80 to 90 psi for the best riding experience.

After familiarizing yourself with your Trikke scooter, step on to the foot platforms and find a comfortable position. Stand upright and grip the handlebars firmly with both hands. Find your balance by distributing your weight evenly between the front and rear Trikke wheels while concentrating your weight on the balls of your feet and toes.

Now, propel your Trikke forward by ‘rolling’ or continuous twisting of the handlebars right and left. If you are on a slight incline and this doesn’t work to get your Trikke going, push yourself off by kicking your foot into the pavement like you would if you were launching yourself on your typical scooter.

“Rolling” your Trikke scooter requires practice to perfect. This is why most beginning Trikkers prefer to practice downhill, which eliminates the need to push and allows them to get used to the feel of balancing while adjusting to the natural movement of their Trikke scooters. However, a word of caution: riding a steep downhill can be dangerous and you can lose control of your Trikke and end up face first in the dirt. If you want gravity to work for you instead of against you in your initial practice, choose long, gradual slopes to avoid accidents.

Once you’re on the move, you can accelerate your Trikke scooter by pushing and leaning your weight on the handlebars side to side. Known as the “rocking” technique, this method will allow you to make a series of “S” turns. Just remember to angle your upper body into the inside of the turn the way you’d lean while riding a bicycle. Don’t be afraid to test how much of your weight you can distribute on one side as you make your turn. Falls will rarely occur as long as you make sure that your Trikke steering column is also leaning to the same side. Keep practicing this technique until you establish a comfortable rhythm.

You can move your Trikke scooter faster by coordinating your feet with your upper body movement. When you’re carving right, lift up your left heal and kick your left toe outward then forward into the stationary Trikke footplates. When you’re carving left, lift up your right heal, and push off with your right toe. This technique allows the extra burst of speed on your Trikke.

The more you practice these techniques, the less you will need to concentrate. The more natural it becomes, the more fun you will have Trikke-ing. As they say, “Rock and Roll” my friend!  

Source by Jae Winters